2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Pedregal Vineyard, Oakville
Winter 2015 was the warmest on record, resulting in early bud break. Cooler, wetter weather in spring months slowed development, however, leading to a challenging, extended bloom period. The resulting uneven fruit set translated to a small crop and smaller berries with very concentrated flavors. Weather throughout the summer growing season was consistently warm, bringing on a very early harvest.
This year’s Pedregal is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot co-fermented.
Aging the 2015 sur lies with bi-monthly bâtonnage has coated the tannins and smoothly integrated the wood. We aged this vintage 23 months in new French oak barrels (Taransaud). Non-filtered.
This is our twelfth vintage from this small, outstanding vineyard on the lower slopes of the eastern Oakville hills.